Shorter schedule? Forget about that | detnews.com | The Detroit News Is it just me or does anyone else resent the idea that taking away something you love will make it better? I'm really tired of this argument and I wonder sometimes how anyone who feels this way can honestly claim they love basketball. Sure, the ticket to improve something you really love is to get rid of it or whittle it down so there's a lot less of it. Genius! I seriously doubt anyone who "loves" the game of basketball (particularly NBA basketball) pines for less of it. As a matter of fact, it always seems that the individuals calling for less of the NBA are somehow around the game, but you always get the sense that there's no real love for the game. It just exists for them. No one who LOVES the NBA thinks this way. The league itself has done enough to crap up the game...including, but not limited to: Transitioning from a team to an individual star player marketing model. Riding MJ into the sunset as if there was to be no more basketball after his departure. Moving in the 3 point line. Subsequently, moving back the 3 point line. Virtually removing physical contact from the game (unless it suits them). Making 1st round series 7 freaking games instead of simply finding a way not to take TWO FULL WEEKS to play 5 damn games. Instead of addressing the few bad apples, criminalizing the entire league of players as if a shiny new sport coat makes you a model citizen. Allowing their officials to be openly biased/incompetent and then playing the one bad apple card when one of them is caught pants down, so to speak. Penalizing players for competing and doling out clear path fouls, and phantom flagrants for any player not getting the hell out of Dodge during a fast break on which he is the defender with a "star" approaching. There are a ton of things the league could do to improve itself. The least of which would be to stop giving lifetime jobs to cats like Popeye Jones who, as an assistant coach, could in no arguable way provide anything of use to a young big man by way of his own career. He could, perhaps, instruct young big men on things such as: How to hustle, but accomplish absolutely nothing. How to get back on D after being dunked on in humiliating fashion while continuing to look like an unembarrassed member of one's own team... Or maybe how to sit the bench comfortably so as not to risk injury when being called upon as the HVC or clock funnel on the losing side of a 25 pt blowout... Or even how to be scored on repeatedly and manage to stay on the floor long enough to be sweating when you return to the bench. Possibly how to achieve one dunk every 35 minutes of action (roughly 10 games) and succeed in getting your home crowd to go bonkers as if you had just won the title with those two points. There are many things Popeye Jones could teach young NBA big men. How to actually be NBA quality big men is not one of them. So why does he have a freaking job? But, as mentioned, the solution is to clearly have less NBA. What was I thinking?